73-Year-Old Japanese Man Creates Stunning Art Using Microsoft Excel


Work isn’t always the most fulfilling of places. Spending all day in Excel or on the phone isn’t the most creative use of time for those of us with a functioning right side of the brain. As an escape from the monotony and boredom of the office, I write short stories and various columns, “alt + tabbing” in and out of Microsoft Word throughout the day. Tatsuo Horiuchi, a 73-year-old former cubical dweller in Japan, went a slightly different route and chose Microsoft Excel as his creative tool of choice.

In 2006, Horiuchi entered an Excel autoshape art contest and absolutely blew the competition off the spreadsheet, ultimately having his work purchased by a local museum of art. His work is brilliantly colored and expressive in its own right, but when you realize he did this with autoshapes while most people in my office can’t even make a functional graph or pie chart, you start to understand the genius at play.


Why Excel? “Graphics software is expensive but Excel comes pre-installed in most computers,” Horiuchi explained. “And it has more functions and is easier to use than [Microsoft] Paint.”

I have people in my office in their 40s who can’t actually use Excel for what it is intended for, but this guy is 73 and is above everything. I once thought that being able to function in Excel by only using the keyboard was the highest level of competency, but I obviously set my sights too low.


Follow the link below for access to more pictures and to download the Excel files to play around with. If you’re feeling creative, try to make your own Excel art and show us what you got.

[via Spoon & Tomago]

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